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Mattotti, Lorenzo

(1954-    ) Italian Comic-strip artist whose work combines Futurist and Vorticist forms with Expressionist colour. Born in Brescia, he studied architecture before turning to comics in the late 1970s, with José Munoz (1942-    ) as his mentor. With other like-minded young artists, he formed the Valvoline group to "explore the frontiers of progressive fumetti [comic strips]". His first success came with Il Signor Spartaco ["Mr Spartaco"] (graph ...

Mottram, R H

(1883-1971) UK banker and author who published in 1907 and later some very early poetry as by J Marjoram, but who effectively began his long and prolific writing career with the famous Spanish Farm trilogy beginning with The Spanish Farm (1924), a fictionalized chronicle of his World War One experiences upon which his reputation stands, though all his work shows the profound effect on him of four years of service. Some of his later works are fantasy, including The Old Man of the Stones: A ...

Wonder, William

Pseudonym of US author Thomas Kirwan (1829-1911), whose Utopia, Reciprocity (Social and Economic) in the Thirtieth Century; The Coming Cooperative Age: A Forecast of the World's Future (1909), casts its twentieth-century protagonist, via an unexplained form of Time Travel, a millennium hence, where New York presides benignly over a mostly rural land, with good-humoured socialist precepts willingly accepted. These include a Eugenic control over reproduction, the death of Religion, and women ...

Garner, Alan

(1934-    ) UK author whose early work was primarily for children; he has lived all his life near Alderley Edge, Cheshire, the setting for nearly all his fiction. Garner is widely thought one of the finest, though most difficult, children's writers of his generation; he ceased publishing for younger audiences after about 1980; after a long hiatus, he published two adult novels, Strandloper (1996) and Thursbitch (2003), each of them Equipoisal between realistic depictions of ...

Origin of Man

An abundant literature dealing with the remote ancestry of the human species inevitably sprang up in the wake of the theory of Evolution, as propounded by Charles Darwin (1809-1882). T H Huxley (1825-1895), the principal champion of Darwinism, published the classic Evidence as to Man's Place in Nature (1863), and Darwin himself wrote The Descent of Man (1871) soon after. The main point at issue was, as Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881) put it, "the question of whether Man is an ape or an angel". ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...



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